Hand Made Nicaraguan Purses
I met Karla and the Perez family on first trip to Nicaragua. I saw
them and many other street vendors selling their hand made items to locals
and tourists alike. Karla spends a day or two each week sewing the
purses and then she and the rest of the family make daily trips between
Managua and Granada selling their items. On an average day they might
make $3, sometimes more and sometimes less.
I was invited to stay at their home for a few days and got a good insight into how they made it day to day. If you watched the first video, they are the family in video. Their home was a 10x10 plastic shack. They now have a slightly larger metal shack and a new outhouse. With a a dirt floor it's pretty rustic by any stretch of the imagination, but it's home and they are very happy to have it.
Somewhere along the line I realized that gifting things to the family was not sustainable and really not doing anyone any favors. That's when I started to dream of helping them sell their purses in the US or elsewhere. Of course I had no idea how to get started, I didn't even know if I could ship them out of the country or how to do it. That's where a young man by the name of Fabricio came in. Fabricio is my go to guy in Nicaragua. He knows the families and also is the one they come to if they need anything or have questions. Fortunately his mother Fabiola is an incredible seamstress. Fabiola helped re-design the purses and take the quality up ten fold. They were nice before, now they are beautiful and very well crafted. Thank you Fabiola!!
When you buy a purse it may be one made by Karla or Fabiola, but it will be something you of your friends can treasure for years. Plus you will know you are helping someone directly. We are talking about food, clothing, housing, outhouses, etc.